Friday, April 21, 2017

Stencils - the positive and the negative

I used the same sunshine plastic stencil for the background on each of these greeting cards - the "hello" card is misted with both yellow and orange ink sprays through the stencil (aka mask). I inked the white "negative" space in the center of the sun with bright pink, which peeks through the little blossom punch-outs in the banner.

Then instead of immediately wiping away the ink from the top of the mask after misting and removing the cardstock, I turned the inky wet mask over and pressed it on to another sheet of cardstock like a stamp. This gave me a "positive" image of the sun with a random watercolor effect.

I added washi tapes and baker's twine at the bottom of the card, and dabbed a little interference turquoise sheer paint over the sun for a bit of shimmer. Pretty!

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Cardmaking and collage with Rinea Foil

I'm happy to be playing along with the Designer Crafts Connection this month - our sponsor is Rinea Foils. We received lovely sampler packs of this double-sided paper foil to create our projects. I lightly embossed a sheet of gold foil for this simple greeting card design by just rubbing it inside an embossing folder with a wood brayer. It was easy to punch out the circle from the foil, too.


Sadly this sheet of beautiful purple foil cracked a bit inside the same folder when I ran it through my embossing machine, the pressure of the plates was a bit too strong. But I actually really like the cracks for this piece. I wrapped and glued the embossed foil around a 6" square piece of thick illustration board, then added my collage elements. After sanding the surface to get rid of the purple on the raised lines, I brushed a coat of sheer iridescent silver paint over the top, then I roughed up the cherry blossom rub-on with a white pencil.

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Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Flower Power show

lisa fulmer flower power painting
Rose Tile - 10x10 acrylic

I painted this to hang in a group show called "Flower Power," sponsored by the Concord Community of Artists. During the month of May, flower paintings from a variety of artists will be featured in a large display case inside the entrance of the Concord Library. All of our work is done on the same size canvas board - we each had to paint a single bloom of any style, using any mediums.

I took a photo of a rose in my front yard as inspiration for the basic shape of my rose. I worked with acrylic paint, ink and sand texture medium - I wasn't entirely sure where I was headed as I painted, but I like what I ended up with! It looks like a stencil, but it was all freehand.

The final touch was a layer of sand medium over the white areas. I love the texture - and I also love the hint of peach color underneath that just barely tints the white. I've seen some of the work from the other artists - it will be a fantastic variety of blooms!

Monday, April 03, 2017

Moonlit Path - Creekside Art Show

Moonlit Path - 8x10 acrylic

I painted this to hang in the Creekside Art Show during the first weekend of April at the Clayton Library. It began on a black-gessoed canvas as just some stripes going up and down - which ended up looking like the bark of tree trunks, and some heavily-ribbed brush strokes going across - which looked like tree roots across a path. And the scene took shape from from there.

Now this is hanging in the meeting room of the Concord Library through the end of June, along with 4 more of my older mixed media pieces.